The Plummer Home for Boys was founded in 1855 through the will of Caroline Plummer.
Caring for her siblings after her parents’ deaths, Ms. Plummer knew the many challenges facing children in her growing city.
Though Plummer Home’s services have changed during the last 160 years, we continue to act on the same principles that would have informed Ms. Plummer’s act of generosity: that children need families, skills and community to become healthy adults.
Below is a timeline with information we know and some (in italics) that we are assuming. If you are a history buff looking for a volunteer project, we’d love your help filling in more details.
1855 Incorporation of the Plummer Farm School of Reform for Boys (up to 40 boys of all ages from wide variety of communities and circumstances; lived, worked, worshiped and attended school at Plummer Farm)
1938 Name changed to Plummer Farm School
1958 Name changed to The Plummer Home for Boys (perhaps at this time boys started attending public schools and the operation of the farm ceased)
2005 Serving up to 10 teenaged boys in a group home
2006 Added on-site Supported Apartment for up to 4 young men ages 16-22 who no longer qualify for the group home and who have no family with whom they can live.
2010 Formalized the Plummer Home Model of Care
Permanency – youth need permanent families
Preparedness – youth need skills
Community – youth need to be connected to their community
2011 Opened On Point, a non-residential program serving boys and girls in Salem’s Point neighborhood who have had minor brushes with the law.
2011 Started Community-Based Apartment Program for young men or women who turn 18 while in state care and have no family with whom they can live.
2012 Opened foster care program for boys and girls throughout Massachusetts. The goal for every child is to find a permanent family.